Wales has the lowest availability of superfast broadband services compared with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, research has revealed.
Ofcom’s market report on the state of the communications landscape shows that only 48 percent of premises in Wales can access superfast services.
Northern Ireland fared the best, with 95 percent availability, while England was second with 76 percent availability. This was a rise of eight percent for superfast broadband connections in England, compared with the same data in the first quarter of 2012.
However, Scotland is not much better off than Wales, with just 52 percent of premises hooked to superfast services, although this was up seven percent on Q1 2012. In total the UK average rose eight percent to 73 percent superfast connections.
For Wales, at the bottom of the league table, there was some solace in the fact that it had improved the most, rising 11 percent in available connections since June 2012. Ofcom cited this growth as the most positive element of the report’s finding for broadband services in Wales.
“Wales had the largest increase in the proportion of premises that are in postcodes served by next-generation broadband networks in the year to June 2013.
“In Wales, this proportion was 48 percent in June 2013. Although this was the lowest figure among the UK nations, it was an 11 percentage point increase compared with the 37 percent figure recorded in June 2012.”
The report from Ofcom also found that a quarter of all UK households now own a tablet, while one in ten own more than one, as the demand for digital content on the go continues to rocket. It also found that 51 percent of people in the UK now own a smartphone.
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